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The Bourne Legacy (2012)



Critic Consensus: It isn't quite as compelling as the earlier trilogy, but The Bourne Legacy proves the franchise has stories left to tell -- and benefits from Jeremy Renner's magnetic work in the starring role.

Movie Info

The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles. -- (C) Universalmore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and action sequences)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Gilroy, Tony Gilroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2012
Box Office: $113.2M
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Jeremy Renner
as Aaron Cross
Edward Norton
as Retired Col. Eric By...
Rachel Weisz
as Dr. Marta Shearing
Joan Allen
as Pam Landy
Albert Finney
as Dr. Albert Hirsch
Stacy Keach
as Retired Adm. Mark Tu...
Scott Glenn
as Ezra Kramer
Oscar Isaac
as Outcome #3
David Strathairn
as Noah Vosen
Donna Murphy
as Dita Mandy
Michael Chernus
as Arthur Ingram
Corey Stoll
as Zev Vendel
Alice Gainer
as Lean Forward MSNBC A...
Prue Lewarne
as CNN Reporter
Howard Leader
as MSNBC Man Analyst
James Joseph O'Neil
as Sterisyn-Morlanta Ga...
Tony Guida
as Dr. Benezara
Sonnie Brown
as Dr. Lieberburg
Neil Brooks Cunningh...
as Dr. Dan Hillcott
Zeljko Ivanek
as Dr. Donald Foite
eljko Ivanek
as Dr. Donald Foite
Rob Riley
as Outcome #6
Noel Wilson
as Neuro Luncheon MC
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Terrence Ward
Corey Johnson
as Ray Wills
Jennifer Kim
as Outcome #4
Page Leong
as Mrs. Yun
John Douglas Thompso...
as Lt. Gen. Paulsen
Adi Hanash
as Outcome #1
Robert Prescott
as Air Force Officer
Don Guillory
as Drone Pilot
Patrick Vincent Marr...
as Drone Command Guard
Ali Farahnakian
as Dr. Talwar
Gita Reddy
as Dr. Chandra
Tom Riis Farrell
as Blue Lab Doctor
Steve Routman
as Blue Lab Doctor
Peter Barent Lewis
as Blue Lab Doctor
Anitha Gandhi
as Blue Lab Doctor
Heather Lupton Rasch...
as Blue Lab Doctor
Natalie Bird
as Blue Lab Doctor
Nilaja Sun Gordon
as Blue Lab Doctor
Billy Smith
as Lab Guard
Murray Knudsen
as Alaska Airport Guard
Susan Egbert
as DIA Attorney
Tim Devitt
as FBI Honcho
Brian Poteat
as State Investigator
Elizabeth Marvel
as Dr. Connie Dowd
David Leitch
as The Driver
Deidre Goodwin
as Candent Spokesperson
Laura Spaeth
as Walking Woman
Sam Gilroy
as C-Team
Frank Deal
as C-Team
Rob Yang
as C-Team
Matt Oberg
as C-Team
Pat Battle
as MSNBC Anchor
Nico Bernuth
as Flight Attendant
Jane Jameston
as Flight Attendant
Roland Manansala
as Steri-M Guard
Josh Banks
as Mackie's Assistant
Allen Jo
as Guard
Carl Villa Roman
as Sterival Catwalk Gua...
Ruby Ruiz
as Philippine Pharmacis...
Cherry Devera
as Crisis Translator
Sonny Tuazon
as Manila Cop
Edgar Letran
as Manila Cop
Alvin Zalamea
as Manila Cop
Spencer Sano
as Manila Cop
Julie R. Ysla
as Woman with the Bag
Joel Torre
as Citrus Samaritan
Hermie Concepcion
as Pissed-Off Guy
Arthur Acuna
as Manila Driver
Adrian Talinga
as Captain's Son
Lou Veloso
as Captain
Ian Blackman
as Landy's Attorney
Jodi Applegate Kay
as Landy Reporter
Tony Carlin
as Landy Reporter
Karen Pittman
as Landy Reporter
Ana Berry
as Landy Reporter
Matthew Walters
as Landy Reporter
Brian O'Neill
as Landy Reporter
Peter Lewis
as Blue Lab Doctor
Nilaja Sun
as Blue Lab Doctor
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News & Interviews for The Bourne Legacy

Critic Reviews for The Bourne Legacy

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (43)

A fine movie, in the end. And that's the problem. It's just fine. The first three "Bourne" movies were incredible.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Cinema Crazed

The rather serious and businesslike film offers a handful of intense action scenes and some satisfying spy-vs-spy combat.

Full Review… | July 17, 2013

It doesn't so much as end as run out of running time.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

No one wanted this. Not even lapsed Christians sought to be "Bourne" again.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Legacy intact! The Bourne Legacy ensures we've not seen the end of the franchise just yet.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

Renner's Cross isn't as compelling a protagonist as Damon's troubled Bourne, but when it comes to bruising combat he certainly delivers.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Bourne Legacy


A pathetic and useless follow-up to an excellent trilogy, making us follow another fugitive guy while Jason Bourne is only mentioned but never appears. Besides, apart from a few efficient scenes, it is mostly confusing and tedious, especially in its uninspired chase scenes.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

An interesting addition to the series which runs concurrent with the last film time wise. The plot is starting to get stretched a bit thin now though, I liked the original films gritty realistic feel. Overall I think it was a bit hyped up and the ending was a bit sudden, not what I was hoping for but still a good action film.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

The Bourne Legacy looks and feels like another entry in the well liked series, but is missing the interesting characters and revelations that made the trilogy a massive hit in the last decade. Jeremy Renner is a fine actor and does well in the role of Aaron Cross, but the character itself is not as interesting as Jason Bourne and Matt Damon's magnetic portrayal which pushed it over the top. It was all about uncovering past mysteries before and it was genuinely compelling and well-crafted storytelling, but this entry is perfectly content to recycle material and deliver a mediocre story that doesn't have the push of past entries. Honestly, not much happens in this film in terms of the overall plot arc and the future is up in the air on whether or not we will ever get a sequel, which makes the non-ending of this film even more anti-climactic. The supporting characters also are not as compelling as the series past. Edward Norton plays a bland "villain" in this, despite also being an excellent actor, and Rachel Weisz is mostly wasted in the damsel in distress role. David Strathairn is certainly missed. The one criticism levied towards the original trilogy was the camerawork, which was mostly shaky-cam to add intensity, but some people complained they couldn't tell what was going on. I disagreed with this and thought it added a level of visceral satisfaction to the films. Legacy pretty much does away with them. It's a much more straightforward approach, adding to the blandness. There are some good things, mostly some excellent scenery and cinematography towards the beginning and some good action sequences. It is still Bourne, after all. The film itself is decently paced and can be entertaining, but it's a second rate version of the original films.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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